Breach of the restraining order
Breach of a restraining order is a punishable act. The punishment is a fine or imprisonment not exceeding one year.
Breach of the order is a crime subject to public prosecution, and it will be taken to court by the public prosecutor.
All restraining orders are entered into a special personal data file kept by the police.
The police also supervises these orders and may use force if the order is breached. If for example a person upon whom a restraining order has been imposed continues to harass the person protected, the police called in may take the guilty party to the police station and interrogate him/her for further measures.
THIS IS WHAT TO DO:
- if you have been or are about to be subjected to violence or harassment, contact the police
- you can ask the police to issue a temporary restraining order
- you can also ask the social services for advice or turn to another party giving advice
- use expert assistance, where necessary
- after a restraining order has been issued, think if you can do something to improve your security, like change the locks etc.
- control yourself actively that the restraining order is not violated
- if the restraining order is violated, inform the police immediately
- do not be afraid to act for your own safety and the safety of your family
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